from Jacques Herbin of France
1670 Anniversary bottled fountain pen ink
• glass bottle
• 50ml pigmented fountain pen ink
• illuminated with shimmering flecks of gold
The 1670 Anniversary inks celebrate the rich life and adventures of Jacques Herbin, an enterprising French sailor of the mid-17th century. While he was in the employ of the Compagnie des Indes Orientales he made a number of voyages to India, collecting ingredients and formulas for his sealing wax and inks.
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Rouge Hematite - a dark red color with an earthy tone, Rouge Hematite is a reminder of the historic color of the Herbin logo and the sealing wax used by members of the royal courts.
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Emeraude de Chivor - an elegant emerald green ink with flecks of gold. Jacques Herbin is said to have kept an emerald in his pocket during his voyages as a good luck charm. These precious gemstones have been treasured for centuries for having magical healing properties and as protective talismans. One of the purest emerald deposits in the world, the Chivor mine in the Andes was discovered in the middle of the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors. Chivor emeralds were much in demand, and the royalty of India, Persia and Turkey sought the New World treasures once the gems arrived in Europe. Emeralds were enormously popular in the Mughal Court of India, whose rulers referred to them as "Tears of the Moon" because of their opaque transparency.
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Bleu Ocean - a deep blue ink with a golden sheen recalls the sea voyages of Jacques Herbin to the Mughal Empire of India. In those days India was a primary supplier of indigo dye. Bleu Ocean takes its inspiration from those adventurous journeys.
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Caroube de Chypre - a dark brown ink with light red reflections and sparkling gold effect. Jacques Herbin was fond of dried carob pods as a healthy food during his voyages. As with other merchants, he traded or purchased them in Cyprus. Carob trees have been cultivated in Mediterranean countries since ancient times. Carob pods were known for their therapeutic properties and were marketed throughout Europe as the "black gold of Cyprus."
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Gris Orage - a deep coal grey (anthracite) with flecks of gold. Stormy seas were the inspiration for this ink. On his many voyages, Jacques Herbin encountered dark and wild oceans. The fine golden flecks in the ink are meant to invoke both strikes of lightening across the water, and also its dark and mysterious depths.